The Grove School is acutely sensitive to the need to recruit the next generation of engineers. Its summer outreach programs provide talented, high-achieving New York high school students with the opportunity to experience the excitement of the campus and of college-level learning. They become acquainted with CCNY and, as a result, often choose it over other colleges when it comes time to matriculate.
The Summer Transportation Institute
The transportation industry needs more people who are qualified in engineering and/or technical disciplines. Through its Summer Transportation Institute, CCNY’s Institute for Transportation Systems is helping to fill that void by creating awareness and stimulating interest in high school students to take maximum advantage of the opportunities that exist in the transportation industry.
Now in its twelfth year, the month-long program awarded scholarships to 14 students. In addition to on-campus activities, field trips provided entrée into state-of-the art technical facilities. Students toured the Nano Technology Building and Laboratory at the University of Albany and the Hudson Valley Transportation Management Center, a highly classified facility in Hawthorne, New York.
Since 1992, the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has been providing high school students with intensive course work in college-level mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer method, earth system science and critical reading and writing. The overall goal is to develop in minority youth the skills and attitudes required to become leaders in STEM professions.
Entry into the six-week program is highly competitive. In 2007, 154 students successfully completed the program, representing a 99% retention rate. In addition to the rigorous “minds-on” academic work and opportunities to do research alongside CCNY professors and graduate students, STEM offers students career information and development, acquaints them with the college application process.
NASA COSI/DoD CNP High School Outreach Lab Research Program at CCNY
In the summer of 2007, 16 high school students from the New York metropolitan area came to CCNY to participate in a six-week program whose goal is to inspire, complement and expand students’ interests in science, technology, engineering, mathematics in conjunction with the educational goals of DoD and NASA.
The Program’s science and engineering related activities engage students in intensive lab research under the mentorship of CCNY faculty, postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates. Participants have the opportunity to master PowerPoint and make oral and poster presentations in forums which include summer students from other CCNY programs and other CUNY campuses. The program also provides field trips to science and natural history museums.